Tag: knitting

Instagram finds

I’m so very new to Instagram, the whole hashtag stuff and posting of pretty images is not a routine yet. I will not get into the habit of posting much simply because I have an old smartphone which shoots bad photos and I don’t want to shoot crappy pictures of my work. Yet I have recently found, that on instagram it’s so easy to find pictures of things made from my patterns and that’s SO exciting!

Maybe it’s not that obvious but seeing finished or in-progress photos of my patterns made by others is one of the most rewarding things that happen to designers. So if you have made something from my pattern, please share a picture, it really matters to me 🙂

I’m currently using the #pumora to tag my works since I’m not very creative when it comes to thinking up creative names or … hashtags. It’s not a coincidence that my geometric animal patterns have the practical but not so much innovative names Geometric bear/lion/rabbit/etc. I’ll work on that.

Ashley from the textile Podcast woolful has knitted up a version of my Josephine romper pattern. I believe it’s the first one of this pattern I see out in the wild.

Also I found a geometric bear stitched up in the woods by Lisa.



the sunset thingy


We are having a lot of weird weather lately as it tends to be in April. Rain and sun, rain and sun. Usually I can admire the most beautiful sunsets from my working space, but April is greedy and hides them behind a thick layer of clouds most of the time. BUT! One I could take a photograph of to share with you.


After editing the photos I think maybe this sunset has influenced my choice of color for this new knitting project, don’t you think? Yellow and pink are not my usual colors to work with in knitting. Somehow these two called my name very loudly as I went by the wool storage to choose skeins for my next scarf pattern. I have not much to show you, because I’m very excited about it and only want to share it when it’s finished. It’s funny how inspiration comes and goes. The idea to this one came at the diner table, right after I planned a new collection of knitting patterns. Now I HAVE to postphone these, because this yellow and pink thingy just has to go first.

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Hello again

December absorbed me and did not let go of me. I just realized, that I have not posted in a whole month! Lots of stuff was going on, like everywhere else around christmas and the beginning of the new year I suppose. During the last weeks I really had no urge to post and so I didn’t. What’s the point of meaningless posts, just to fill the statistics?

Here are some pictures from last weekend. The christmas tree survived 3 weeks past christmas (we put the tree up on the 24th and decorate it all together). Today I put alle the ornaments away and then it’s time to say good bye. On Sunday the light was extraordonarily bright. It was freezingly cold and we had snow for the first time this winter. The kids were sliding on the frozen puddles outside on their bellies (that’s when you are glad you have those ski jumpsuits).

Everything was peaceful and silent and then the light… It was the first time this year I got my camera and took some photos. I’m practicing with the manual mode of my camera – yes I’ve used the automatic mode all the time despite my decent camera. It’s challenging, but it helps me to understand my camera better and gain more control of the outcome of colors which tend to get weird with certain backgrounds when shot with automatic mode.

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Some knitting has taken place, too. Super easy yoga socks in orange sock yarn. Yoga socks are socks without the heel and the toe, so basically 2 tubes connected to each other. They are supposed to warm the feet without the unevitable sliding away during practice because sock yarn has no grip. With these the heel and front of the foot are bare and you can stand properly without having cold feet. At least that’s the thought – I have not yet tried it out.


Inbetween the years

The new year is approaching in daily steps. This year has been a year like no other for me in all it’s glory and it’s fails. I’m equally sad that it’s passing and happy to see how the next year unfolds and shows it’s hidden surprises.

During the last week of 2015 and the first 2 weeks of 2016 all of my patterns are 20% off if you purchase 2 or more.

A Happy New Year to you!



color knits and christmas ornaments

I’m swimming in colorful knits lately. Precious red on my red DPN’s for a new pattern.


Burgundy/dark pink, dark teal and white for color studies. As you can see I have used stranded knitting and intarsia for this. Intarsia in the round is yet a technique I don’t really enjoy. If it wasn’t for the beautiful results, I would just leave it be. I have created a tutorial for knitting intarsia in the round some time ago for the penguin handpuppet. Nevertheless I’m still looking for an easier method and found the work of Anne Berk recently. I enrolled in her Craftsy class “Next steps in intarsia” (I hope this link works, if not search for the title and you’ll find it!) and like the way she has approached the problem of intarsia in the round. Sadly, I have not yet found a tutorial of this technique that’s free, but if you like intarsia it’s worth a look.

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In the matter of a certain time of the year approaching, I have dug out the christmas ornament kit from Alicia Paulson that is waiting to be finished for a long time now. It’s the “Sweet Home Ornament Set”. I looked for new patterns, but she seems to have broken her tradition of releasing a new set every year. When I bought mine in 2011 I finished the candle, but never got around beginning the other two ornaments. The rabbit was a fast thing, but as you can see in the picture below, the beautiful door takes a little bit mor effort. I finished both by now, but forgot to take a photo and already hung them around the house. I’ll try to remember to take them down and make a photo of them together.


One of my dear customers send me a picture of a gym bag she made for a friend with my geometric bear embroidery on it. It came out beautifully! See for your self.

Seeing pictures of finished embroidery/knitting from my patterns is always a rewarding experience for me and it makes me very happy!

I wish you a wonderful weekend, soon,


Fall knits on Kollabora


Good news everyone – kollabora has a fall discount of 20% on selected knitting patterns and 3 of my cold weather knits are part of it.

The cably (and manly ;)) KUMO hat, the lacy but warm CAROLINE loop scarf and one of my very favorites: the PAUKA double knit infinity scarf are included. There are a lot of other patterns participating so take a look!




Go to kollabora here.


Knitting a little rabbit and socks, that look like a river

IT IS COLD OUTSIDE (AND INSIDE HERE). Brrrr, what started as a little bit chilly devellopped into icy cold. It’s raining almost all day long and the wind blows against my windows for days.

The only good that comes from that is knitting and knitwear to snuggle in. I’m currently knitting a fluffy scarf with an altered version of my Fast Forward pattern. No photos yet… But fluffy yarn is a first for me. Most things I start with such yarn end being frogged in the end…


My special someone gets two pairs of socks from my mother every year- one for his birthday and one for christmas – and since that is covered I didn’t bother in years to knit him some, too. The thing is he wears them a lot – that’s an understatement – he wears them A LOT! Even in summer he wears them because he says, with woolen socks his feet don’t feel sweaty, while this is the case with other socks.

So this handmade sock loving man continues to wear out socks  from the previous years. He would never ever throw away even the ones with unmendable holes in it, so I did. And I discovered, most have unmendable holes in them and he needs more socks than 2 pairs each year to fill that gap. So I’m knitting socks now for him, which comes in handy, because some left over sockyarn wants to be used up over here. I don’t know about you, but the most fun socks for me – knittingwise – are the leftover yarn socks. Especially when using variagated yarns there is a challenge to make the socks not look funny and too colorful.

With these socks I had 2 variagated yarns and 2 solid greens and blues – 6 colors. I paired the muted colors to the top and the bright ones to the bottom. The middle is all blue and connects both hues. When I looked at the first finished sock, it reminded me of a river with it’s riverbanks on both sides.

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The friend whom I knit the baby kit for, requested a bigger baby hat with earflaps, because the one I made then was getting too small for all winter. So I knitted and knitted and then I found a pattern for a cute little rabbit toy, which I simply could not resist making for her.

I’m following the pictures of little rabbits, mice and cats from Little Cotton Rabbit via Flickr a couple of years now. I did not realize, she made patterns of her gorgeous plushs, too! I always thought she only sold the finished ones.

I got the “bunny boy with a piebald patch” pattern, because it’s for a baby boy and because I think I can make a skirt or dress without a pattern, but pants and sweaters are easier with a pattern.


According to the author, the pattern is not an easy pattern and I aggree that it’s definitely not a beginner level pattern. The pattern is very well written and the expertise and experience of making many many dolls of this kind shines through. I really enjoyed the process of knitting this little fellow!


Joining in with Nicole in the KCCO Along and Ginny with the Yarn Along.

more baby hats

Babies grow – what a discovery – and with the cold weather approaching the super cute baby hat with earflaps (pattern from Purl Bee) I knitted for a friend’s newborn baby in spring, is now getting tight around the head. Alas, I thought I made it large enough to last the hole winter, but you know – babies grow faster than you plan.

So I’m knitting a new one in toddler size and I hope he can wear it a bit longer then.


In other news: Today in the morning I had my car outside in front of the house and it was frozen with ice. It’s now offically autumn I suppose! When I bring the kids to schol in the morning, the sun just rises and we have fog almost everyday now. So enchanting! I wish I could drive the way to school by bike to enjoy the scenery more, but there sadly is no save and short way to cycle with two kids. With the freezing weather come out my woolen sweaters and hats and scarves… hmm… it’s so great to have all these handknits to warm you and the whole family!

Joining in with Ginny and Nicole.


quail chicks and frogging


I made this cardigan some time ago. It was my first yoked cardi and I learned to knit backwards for this because working stranded knitting in the purls is not my cup of tea and steeking would have made my stomach hurt with this thin and slippery 100% Alpaca yarn.

Sadly the cardigan never really fit. It was wide enough, but when I closed the buttons it showed whole between the buttonbands. I don’t know if its been the alpaca which naturally is much more wobbly and unstable in comparison to wool or something else I have not yet figured out (I have another alpaca cardigan, which I never close, because of this, but at least that fits well). Additionally the yoke is weird. I have never worn another yoked sweater or cardigan, so I don’t know if it’s supposed to feel like this, but I don’t like the way it lays on the shoulders and upper arms. It feels like it slips off if you don’t watch out and pull it up every now and then. I guess the yoke is to long.

So what do you do with knitted things you don’t like to wear? Yes, frog it or alter it.


I decided to frog the yoke completely and in that process the buttonbands, too. I want to make a raglan out of it and attach the front middle seam to each other, how I don’t have decided yet. I want to close the seam because I’d like to have it as a sweater.


These balls are the whole yoke! And yes I could have wound all matching colors on one ball.


Our quail chicks hatched on Sunday and Monday! So cute and they will begin to get their first coat of real feathers soon and not look like fluffy balls of tweeting joy anymore. 28 lovely japanese quail, most are penguins (colorwise!) and some mixed colors I’m not sure about yet. These are our first chicks from our own eggs, so this is very exciting!

Joining in with Ginny in the Yarn Along.

free knitting pattern: Happy K

My sister’s birthday wish this year was a blue slouchy hat with a light yarn and pattern. She has beautiful light red hair and the color she picked makes her hair shine even more. Since it’s her birthday and I made the calculations anyway, I’ll give you this pattern as a gift, too. It’s adult size and quite wide to sit loosely on the head. It’s not too long, so you can fold the brim and wear it as a cap, too. I’m tempted to make one for me actually!

The wool this hat is made from is Lamana Como, a new yarn. It’s unbelievably soft and light. The weight is spectacular for the length (25g for 120m), that’s why you should double the amount of yarn stated below, if you substitute it for another one. The hat in the Como yarn is 50g.

You can take the inscriptions here or download the pattern here as PDF or at the following websites: youtube craftsy makerist kollabora


Happy K – hat knitting pattern

Finished measurements
circumference: 52cm/20.5inch
length: 24,5cm/ 9.65inch

Gauge (in eyelet pattern)

Lamana Como; 100% wool; 120m, 25g per skein
color: petrol (24) 2 skeins
set of 4 double pointed knitting needles (DPNs) size 3mm/ 2.5 US

CO cast on
** repeat instructions following the asterisks as directed
st(s) stitch(es)
k1 knit one stitch
p1 purl one stitch
k2tog knit two stitches together – one stitch decreased
ssk slip, knit, pass stitch over – one stitch decreased
rnd(s) round(s)
rep repeat(s)
pm place marker

Half brioche stitch
Round 1: Purl all stitches.
Round 2: *p; knit into the stitch of the round below*
Repeat round 1 and 2.

Eyelet pattern
Knit all even rounds.
Round 1: P4, k5, k2tog, k1, yo.
Round 3: K1, p3, k4, k2tog, k1, yo, p1.
Round 5: K2, p2, k3, k2tog, k1, yo, p2.
Round 7: K3, p1, k2, k2tog, k1, yo, p3.
Round 9: Yo, k1, ssk, k5, p4.
Round 11: P1, yo, k1, ssk, k4, p3, k1.
Round 13: P2, yo, k1, ssk, k3, p2, k2.
Round 15: P3, yo, k1, ssk, k2, p1, k3.

1 . CO 90sts and join in the round.
2. Work half brioche stitch for 32 rounds.
3. Knit one round. AT THE SAME TIME: knit through the front and back loop of every 5th stitch.
=> 108sts on the needles
4. Work in eyelet pattern for the next 56 rounds (3.5 pattern repeats).
5. Crown shaping:
1st round: *k5, k2tog, k2, p3*
2nd, 4th, 6th and 8th round: knit every stitch
3rd round: *k4, k2tog, k2, p2, k1*
5th round: *k3, k2tog, k2, p1, k2*
7th round: * k2, k2tog, k5*
9th- 14th (every) round: * knit to one stitch before the k2tog of the round below, k2tog*
6. Cut the thread and pull it through all remaining stitches.
7. Sew in the ends.



Free knitting pattern: Ahoy shorts

Ahoy Shorts

This pattern was published in Petite Purls, an online magazine for kids knitting patterns. Sadly the magazine does not exist anymore, so I decided to make it available here, too, in case the original pattern page shuts down forever.



The inspiration for these shorts comes from the bavarian lederhose. I always liked the look of these short pants with thick button rows and matching suspenders. Living in the north of Germany I like the maritime theme more than the southern mountain theme though, so I combined the lederhose with sailor style. The result is a double button row shorts with suspenders made with cotton yarn, so it’s not too warm to wear in summer.


1 [2-3, 4-5] years
Shown in size 3 years

Finished Measurements

Waist Circumference: 19[20, 21] inches
Finished Length: 10[11½, 13] inches



Rowan Denim [100% cotton; 102 yards / 93 meters per 1.75 ounce / 50 gram skein];

#225 Nashville; 2[3, 3] skeins

Recommended needle sizes

US #6 / 4 mm set of 4 dpns
US #6 / 4 mm 20 or 24 inch circular needle


Crochet hook, size G/6 (4 mm) – for provisional cast on
½ inch buttons – 6
Elastic – 19½[20, 21½] inches
Stitch marker – 1
If suspenders are worked with fabric: 4 strips of fabric 1¾ inch x 15½[17½,19½] inches


17 sts and 28 rounds = 10 inches in seed st (pattern stitch).
Gauge is critical for this design.

Pattern Notes

The sailor shorts are worked top down.
The waistband is constructed to insert an elastic band. I recommend to do so, since cotton yarn is not very flexible and it’s likely the pants will begin to widen and give a baggy look.
If you use the recommended yarn (Rowan Denim) WASH IT FIRST! The yarn shrinks after the first wash, so if you knit it before washing, the pants will become too short. The yarn will also stain your fingers and needles if you do not wash it before knitting. After washing staining is no longer a problem.

Seed stitch (multiple of 2):
Rnd 1: *K1, p1; repeat from * around.
Rnd 2: *P1, k1; repeat from * around.
The number of stitches of every round is uneven so you can work around in pattern easily without changing the beginning of a new row.

Circular Cast On Video

Cast on method: I used the provisional cast on for the waistband. It’s necessary to use a cast on method that allows the cast on stitches to be joined together with the knitted piece. You may choose to cast on differently and sew the waistband together after the pants are finished, but it will not stretch as well as the knitted join method.

Skills Required

knitting in the round, basic increases, basic decreases



With provisional cast on method and circular needle, cast on 83[87, 91] sts. Place a stitch marker before first st. Being careful not to twist, join to work in rounds.
Rnds 1-3: Knit 3 rounds.
Rnd 4: K 40[42, 44], bind off next 2 sts, knit around: 81[85, 89] sts.
Rnd 5: Knit to bound off sts, cast on 2 sts, knit around: 83[87, 91] sts.
Rnds 6-8: Knit 3 rounds.
Rnd 9: Purl around.
Rnds 10-16: Work 7 rounds in Seed st.
Unzip the provisional cast on and put the sts on the dpns or a second circular needle.
Join the old sts with the new ones in seed stitch pattern. The St st side will be on the inside with the Seed st side on the outside of the garment. Holding the Seed st side in the front of the St st side and working one st from each needle together, p2tog, (k2tog, p2tog) around.
Work 3[5, 8] rnds in Seed st.


Increase Rnd: M1, work next st, m1, work around in pattern: 83[87, 91] sts.
Work in pattern, repeating Increase Rnd every 6[4, 4] rnds, 2[4, 6] times: 87[95, 103] sts.
Work in Seed st until shorts measure 6(6½,7] inches from folded edge of waistband.

Separate for Legs
Divide sts as follows: slip first 44[48, 52] sts onto dpns. Slip remaining 43[47, 51] sts onto scrap yarn.

Work around to last 2 sts, k2tog or p2tog to maintain pattern: 43[47, 51] sts.
K2tog the last st and the first st of the first leg. 43(47,51)sts on the needles.
Work in pattern until leg measures 4[(5, 6] inches from separation.
Bind off all sts.
Put the second leg sts on dpns and work in pattern for 4[5, 6] inches.
Bind off all sts.
Roll up the leg and sew loosely in place.


Suspenders (knitted version – make 2)
Cast on 7 sts.
Knit every row until work measures 14[16, 18] inches.
Next Row: K3, bind off 2 sts, knit across: 5 sts.
Next Row: Knit across.
Next Row: K1, k3tog, k1.
Next Row: K3tog.
Cut yarn and pull through last st.

Suspenders (sewn version – make 2)
Place 2 fabric strips with RS facing. Sew long side, short end, and second long side. Turn RS out and iron flat. Fold raw edge to inside and sew in place.
Work a buttonhole ½ inch from the bottom of the suspenders.

Sew suspenders 1[1½, 2] inches on each side of center back.
Thread elastic through the waistband and sew ends together.
Using photos as a guide, sew buttons to front and waistband.




poems and ufos


For a family members garden party I wrote this beautiful poem on green linen fabric. At first I wanted to embroider it, but the letters are so small, it would have taken ages to make this acurate enough and not look odd. I’ve yet to master lettering with stitches – that’s something I adore in other people’s embroidery work and I think I will practice this more in the future.


I wrote the poem in a pretty font I felt could be written by hand easily, printed and window-traced it. I use masking tape left over from painting the rooms to attach the paper and fabric. It leaves no trace and can be removed easily from most surfaces. I used a ball pen to write on fabric. I think you should not wash it, but there are waterresistant ink pens out there, too. Since eit’s not likely someone puts a framed “print” into the washer I thought it’s ok to use a normal pen. If you want to make your own, try out if the pen and fabric work well together on a corner which is later hidden or a scrap piece of the same fabric.


The poem is by Karl Gerok “Der stille Garten” from 1861. It is very long, but I liked the first part most.


At the weekend I cleaned up my workspace. So much stuff in tiny boxes that actually had a place elsewhere but never made it to these places. It’s incredible how much space you can set free by putting things where they belong. This sounds so basic, but don’t we all sometimes put things aside and not where they should?

I found some longterm UFOs, too. Projects that needed the finishing touch, not more. Saturday evening I took them and finally ended their misery of being unfinished. The lap blanket needed edging (I lazily crocheted in all loose ends of the golden seams instead of sewing them in), the baby pants needed the second strap and buttons, the orange square where supposed to be little pouches, but I repurposed them to napkins, the checkered round bag needed 3 hand sewn seams to finish off (it’s a felt-lined embroidery hoop bag like this one), the square zipper bag is a project from my embroidery book, which I repurposed as a DPN-case.

Then I frogged two prototype baby pants and a cuff prototype. No need to lay around if there is other stuff you can do with it. The blue yarn is a jeans-like yarn from rowan and I would like to weave something with it. It has a great texture, but I don’t like knitting with cotton so much. Weaving will suit thie yarn better.


Then on Sunday I experimented a little bit with a lace pattern. I’m trying out to alter patterns and look what difference it makes to use garter stitch instead of plain stockinette etc. This is fun and makes my head think more about structures of patterns.


Summer – the kids are around all the time, the weather plays nice and sometimes stormy, the garden is growing, the quails and hens are laying massive amounts of eggs and I’m collecting herbs to dry for tea season.

This wonderful and huge lavender bush of my grandma’s given me a share of blossoms. They smells so strong and rich!


I refilled the small pillow my mother made for my daughter with my grandma’s lavender. The smiling face now stays for us 3 holding our hands over her.


Below are drying narrow-leaf plantain and mullein. This is the first time I found mullein (only 1 huge and a small plant) and picked the flowers. Picking the flowers was almost like the plant gave them to me freely, it was so easy to take them. The mullein is a plant I have read about long ago and since it’s a herb for the respiratory system, which is a weak spot for me and my family, I’m so glad I found this beautiful plant here at our new home. I hope I can take some seeds and spread them in the garden for a higher yield next year.


There is lots of fibery stuff going on at my workspace right now, but the most exciting (for me at least!) is this:


Tutorial: the nupp

Part three of our journey through the textured stitches is the nupp (speak: noop or like soup with an “n”). The nupp is a stitch used in lace patterns originating in Estonian lace knitting. Other than the bobble it makes a flat and elongated shape. Also it’s not knitted back and forth like a bobble. Nupps create a distinct oval dot in lace delicate lace knitting and thus accentuate the shape of certain patterns and forms.

There are 2 ways to make a nupp. The traditional way is to create the additional stitches out of one stitch in the first row and purl them together in the second row. The newer way is to do both steps in one row. Both methods have their pros and cons, but it’s important to know, that they look slightly different and you shoul not use both methods in one piece if you want the nupps to look even.

The key to nupp knitting is to create VERY LOOSE stitches. When I started my first nupp shawl I did not believe how loose to knit them and since I didn’t practice before, I had a whole row of a shawl to fight through the tight nupp stitches. Pull the nupp stitches 2-3 times bigger than a usual stitch. This is most important with lace weight threads. While making the new stitches, use your left thumb (if you are right handed) to hold the base of the stitches so the stitches wouldn’t loose length when you make the next one.

Here is the newer method of knitting a nupp. I’m using a crochet hook for demonstration purposes, you can use the knitting needle for this, too (as you can see in the traditional method below).


1. Knit one stitch out of the first stitch. Leave the original stitch on the left needle.


2. Yarn over. Leave the original stitch on the needle.


3. Knit one stitch, yarn over and knit one stitch. Leave the original stitch on the needle.


4. With the crochet hook, pull the thread through all 5 stitches. If you are using a knitting needle, knit all 5 together through the back loop.


5. If you used the crochet hook, put the stitch on the right needle. Let the original stitch slip off the left needle.

The traditional method to knit a nupp works over 2 rows.


1. Knit one stitch. Leave the original stitch on the left needle.


2. Yarn over. Leave the original stitch on the needle.


3. Knit one stitch, yarn over and knit one stitch. Leave the original stitch on the needle.


4. Work to the end of your row, turn. Work in pattern to your nupp stitches.


5. Purl together all 5 nupp stitches. Pay attention here that you get all stitches out of the original stitch or your stitch number will be off (happened to me ;)).



Here is a comparison between the two methods. The right side shows the new method, the left side the traditional method. The slanting to different sides is due to the pattern, but the traditional method produces a more textured nupp on the front side, while the new nupp sits more in the middle of the pattern and tends to lean to the back side.

I personally like the look of the traditional method more, as it looks more clean and fluffy. You can do the traditional method with a crochet hook, too, but it’s not neccessary if you make the stitches loose enough.

Here is how a nupp would look like in a lace shawl pattern:

echo2 knit-nupps

Here are the links to the tutorials in this series

1. Introduction

2. Bobbles

3. Wrapped stitches

4. Nupps



Tutorial: Wrapped stitches

The second part of this series is showing you how to knit wrapped stitches. Unlike the bobble we have seen yesterday, wrapped stitches will not get knitted back and forth to create a three-dimentional effect. The wrapped stitch is made by taking a certain amount of stitches (I use 3 here) around which the working thread is wrapped several times.

Here is how you work the wrapped stitch


1. Put 3 stitches on a seperate short needle (like glove needles) or a savety pin.


2. Wrap the working thread around these 3 stitches anti-clockwise 5 times (this depends very much on the thickness of your yarn – the thicker the less wraps you’ll need).


3. Put the working thread behind the knitting and put the 3 wrapped stitches back on your needle.


Here is a slightly different version of a wrapped stitch. This stitch only works for smaller amounts of stitches, but is much faster than the version above.


1. Stick the right needle behind the first 2 stitches and catch the thread.


2. Pull the thread through, creating a loop.


3. Put the loop on the left needle.


4. Purl the first stitch (the loop).


5. Slip the next 2 stitches on the right needle


6. Pull the purled stitch over the 2 slipped stitches.


7. Continue in pattern.


Here is a comparison between the two versions. The wrapped stitches below create a very distinct texture, while the tiny stitches above are more decent.


Here are the links to the tutorials in this series

1. Introduction

2. Bobbles

3. Wrapped stitches

4. Nupps



Tutorial: knitting bobbles

The first in this mini-series of textured stitches is the bobble. Bobbles are a classic means to create a very defined texture in knitting. They are typically found in patterns that are already textured on their own like cables, ribbing or twisted stitches. Spread on stockinette the bobble makes a popcorn kind of appearance.

There are several ways to make a bobble. Size can be altered through the amount of stitches you use and how many rows you knit the bobble. The standard bobble in the tutorial here uses 5 stitches and 1 row.

Here is how you do a standard bobble over 5 stitches:


1. Knit into the stitch where your bobble should be. Leave the stitch you knitted in on the knitting needle.


2. Yarn over.

3. Work 1 knit stitch, 1 yarn over and 1 knit stitch through the same stitch as previously used. Let the stitch slip off the left needle.



4. Turn your knitting. Slip the first stitch. Knit 4 stitches loosely.


5. Turn your knitting. Slip the first stitch. Knit 4 stitches together. Pull the slipped stitch over the knitted stitches.

Here is another way to decrease the bobble to one stitch again. Work the bobble from step 1 to 4, then work the decreasing like shown below.


5. Slip 4 stitches.


6. Knit the 5th stitch.


7. Pull the 4 slipped stitches over the knitted stitch.

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Here is a comparison between the 2 ways of decreasing the bobbles and a 3-stitch-bobble. The upper row is a 5-stitc- bobble with the 4 slipped stitches over one knitted decrease, the middle row is a 3-stitch-bobble, the last row is a 5-stitch-bobble with one slipped stitch over a knit-4-together stitch. The upper row is a bit sturdier than the last row of bobbles, but in some patterns the more teardrop shape of the last row bobbles can be a better fit.


Here are the links to the tutorials in this series

1. Introduction

2. Bobbles

3. Wrapped stitches

4. Nupps




Introduction: bobbles, nupps and wrapped stitches

Texture in knitting is a wonderful thing. You don’t have to be a genius to create texture and there are A LOT of possibilities in knitting to achieve it. One of the most outstanding textural elements are bobbles. For a long time bobbles where regarded as old fashioned – at least here in Germany- but with a wave of textural excitement and experimental spirit the bobbles came back.

For the next days I want to show you how to make bobbles and other texture stitches similiar to the bobble and how versatile these stitches are in knitting.

Here are the links to the tutorials in this series

1. Introduction

2. Bobbles

3. Wrapped stitches

4. Nupps




Enjoy the summer

The last days were the hottest days for a long time here in Germany. On Saturday when we celebrated my son’s 10th Birthday it was 39 degrees (Celsius – that’s 102° Fahrenheit) outside. We nearly melted away, but it was a great party nevertheless. On Sunday the kids and I went to my father’s house at the lake and though it was really hot, it’s so much more bearable when you can jump into the water whenever you want.


I used the opportunity to shoot some new photos of my fox hand puppet. Somewhere on my way of product photography I chose to not take my pictures on humans, but on a neutral background.This was partly because my camera back then didn’t make a great job taking pictures of bright colored stuff especially not while moving around on the hand of a 3-year old.

Now with a very much better camera and a calmer daugther, I made a new attempt to take some photos. The light was so perfect and we had fun doing this together. The photo above is the one I took, the photo below is the one she took. I like how different the mood of both pictures is although they were taken minutes apart of another.



Yes, we had a little bit of fun.


I knitted a bit on my green sock prototype, but you know how great it is to knit in warm weather. I stopped when the yarn didn’t want to slide around my fingers anymore.

I hope you had a great weekend, too!

knitting pattern: frog hand puppet

Brand new in the beastiarium of hand puppets – the FROG. Flicking through old photos I found this one – it’s one of my oldest hand puppet designs and one of my favorites, too. Look at these eyes! So cute. Better late than never. Now you can make your own frog hand puppet, too. Knit a golden ball for this and it’s ready to go for a frog king puppet theater.


Frog hand puppet
knitting skills:
– increase/decrease
– knitting in the round with DPNs
– chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet

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